Gas price go up and they go down. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it any more.
Remember when gas prices were approaching $5.00 per gallon? Our country saw a massive shift toward more fuel efficient vehicles. Today we see fewer and fewer of the old "Gas Hogs" on the road.
Even as gas prices near $2.00 per gallon, it still feels as if we are pouring CASH into our fuel tanks when we fill up. Is a $25.00 fill up better than a $75.00 one? Absolutely! But with the shift toward smaller vehicles, we are also buying cars with smaller gas tanks that require more frequent trips to the gas station.
The old behemoths, think Chevy Suburbans and Hummers, had enormous gas tanks that held over 30 gallons of gas. The new, smaller cars can have tanks as small as 11 gallons.
So, even though we are now getting upwards of 30 MPG, we seem to be at the station more often.
Here are a few simple ways to improve the gas mileage of any vehicle:
1. KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED-under-inflated tires can sap gas mileage.
2. RESTRAIN YOURSELF FROM AGGRESSIVE DRIVING-Calm, steady driving can improve anyones gas mileage. "Punching" the accelerator is a waste of gas. You will also find that this ZEN approach to driving will improve your overall experience behind the wheel.
3. Try your best to carry as little unnecessary weight as possible. Do you still have last winter's salt or sand in your trunk? Leave it at home and improve your gas mileage.
4. Whenever possible, keep your windows rolled up. At speeds over 25MPH, driving with open windows creates wind-drag that will lower your MPG. Even with the A/C on, at higher speeds, your car is more aerodynamic with it's windows rolled up!
5. Change your air filter regularly. A properly functioning air filter will clog up with the pollution and dirt that it is designed to keep out of your engine. A clean air filter allows your engine to "breathe" and operate more efficiently.- just like the air filter in your furnace at home.
These are just a few ways that we can all improve our gas mileage this summer!
FYI: Consumer Reports just released their test of the new 2017 Toyota Prius Hybrid and declared it the highest MPG vehicle that they have ever tested-Combined Highway'City at close to 50 MPG!!
We have all experienced the ATTACK OF THE BIRDS! Usually right after we leave the car wash! Here are some tips for cleaning that mess without damaging the paint on your car.
DON'T WAIT! Untreated bird poop and bugs have acid that can eat through your car's protective clear coat layer and damage the paint.
BE CAREFUL! .Some birds eat gravel to help digest their food and most birds eat berries which contain seeds that act like little rocks and can scrape your car's paint if you are not careful while removing it.
SOLUTION! Here is a good way to deal with this sticky problem: Make a warm compress with paper towels or a soft microfiber cloth and gently press it on to the area that you are cleaning. Leave it there for a few minutes to allow the compress to soften up the sticky mess. You will find that most of the poop will come up with the cloth when you remove it. Then gently wipe away the remaining bits. Again, being very careful not to press too hard while wiping it clean.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with bird droppings.
WASH YOUR CAR! Washing your car every week or two is a good way preserve the finish on your vehicle. Waxing 2 or 3 times a year is also recommended by most car manufacturers.
If you have any ideas that work for you, please let us know!
REMEMBER! DRIVE SAFE AND WATCH FOR CHILDREN!